Asia Cup Future In Darkness, These 3 Countries Reject The Hybrid Model Of PCB

The latest piece of news coming out from the cricket fraternity is that the three nations have rejected the PCB’s offers to conduct the Asia Cup 2023 in the hybrid model. A source close to PTI has reported that Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka are in no mood to play the upcoming battle of Asian teams in amalgamation.

The debate and discussions over the Asia Cup venue are happening since BCCI secretary Jay Shah informed that team India will not move to Pakistan to play the Asia Cup due to security reasons and political tensions between the two nations. Not only this, but the BCCI also rejected the hybrid model proposed by PCB to play in this tournament.

Recently the Sri Lankan Cricket Board also jumped in to ask for the hosting rights of Asia Cup 2023 if it is not happening in Pakistan. However, Pakistan was not happy with the gesture of SLC and they called off an ODI series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan after this incident.

“It is a clear indication that the PC is not happy with the Sri Lankan board stepping in to offer to host the Asia Cup in September when it is Pakistan’s turn to host the regional event at home,” told a source to the PTI.

The PTI report also suggests that the Pakistan Cricket Board is also disappointed with Bangladesh and Afghanistan as they are on the BCCI’s side over the matter. Like Sri Lanka, both Bangladesh and Afghanistan are also not willing to play this event in a hybrid model.

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“Sethi expected Sri Lanka with whom Pakistan has long friendly relations, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan to convince the Indian cricket board and other Asian Cricket Council (ACC) board members to go with the proposal put by Sethi and at least play three to four games in Pakistan of the Asia Cup before moving the tournament elsewhere. He is disappointed at the way things have panned out in recent days especially when some of these board heads went to India for the Indian Premier League (IPL) final and met with the BCCI secretary Jay Shah,” added the source further.

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